A Lady at Willowgrove Hall(Whispers on the Moors #3) – Sarah E. Ladd
Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.
As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.
When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?
This book was pretty good and while I must admit that I haven’t read the first two books in this series, I would recommend A Lady at Willowgrove Hall to anyone who loves historical fiction. The book is easily read as a standalone, but I would like to read books one and two because this particular story was so well done.
In the beginning, Cecily Faire was trying to run away from her cruel father to marry a man she loved. Although, that didn’t happen. Instead she was sent away to a girl’s school with a secret that would plague her, her hope for security, and most importantly her happiness. Later on, she gets the opportunity to become a lady’s companion. That was the opening of a door into a new path of life for Cecily. And it was one she wasn’t expecting. But it was one she rightfully deserved.
I really liked Cecily. She had made mistakes in her life and suffered for them, but she didn’t let the shame or despair take total control of her life. It was still there, but yet she did not become an angry, unforgiving, bitter person like her father had been. Even after taking on her new position, she still held out hope for finding her twin sister she was separated from.
Nathanial Stanton had a secret that he could also not forget. He was attracted to Cecily during their very first encounter. He was kind and helpful, even when Cecily was trying to find her sister. All in all, he was a perfect match for Cecily. I adored their relationship.
I’m satisfied to have finished A Lady at Willowgrove Hall on the last day of the year.
Happy New Year!